A PSA Airlines Bombardier CRJ-700 on behalf of American Airlines suffered a deer strike at Charlotte, North Carolina on 15 February.
During the take-off roll from Charlotte’s runway 36C at around 11 AM local time, the crew heard a loud bang, which they reported to the tower during the initial climb. After a runway inspection a dead deer was found on the runway and the crew were advised.
The climb was stopped at 4000 feet and the aircraft repositioned for a low approach in order for the tower to inspect the undercarriage. The tower reported that the gear seemed in place, but that a vapour was observed coming off the right-hand side of the aircraft. After the confirmation from the tower, the aircraft climbed back to 4000 feet and repositioned for a full stop landing. The aircraft landed safely, and after taking high speed turn-off Romeo, the aircraft was shut down on the taxiway and passengers evacuated via the airstairs.
The aircraft was carrying 44 people.